The New York Jets were supposed to have a rough season. You know, 4-12, 3-13 – something like that.
As it turns out, however, the Jets (3-2) have been one of the biggest surprises in football. They’ve won three in a row heading into this Sunday’s showdown with New England (3-2).
“The most important thing, I think, when it comes to this game is not beating ourselves,” Jets defensive end Kony Ealy said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “It’s not more of what they do; it’s more of what we can’t allow them do. We got to be on top of our A-game. We got to be on top of our training and preparation going into this week. I think that’s the biggest thing. The Pats are always a good organization every year. Coach Belichick is an amazing coach. He finds ways to put his team in good positions. Obviously they got, I think, arguably the greatest quarterback that’s probably going to ever play as of right now. He finds a way to win in difficult situations.”
Like in the Super Bowl, when Tom Brady led the Patriots back from a 28-3 deficit.
Still, Ealy is confident that the Jets have what it takes to win.
“I feel that we have everything we need going into this game,” said Ealy, who was signed by the Patriots in March before getting waived in August. “We just got to make sure we have our tools in our little hand-basket ready to work. It’s going to be a working game. These guys are not going to lay down. They’ve had a little bit of adversity. But I know that team. I know the coaches. I know the players on the team. They’re going to try to come out and fight hard and get up on us. It’s going to be a dog fight. But at the end of the day, if we go out there and handle our business defensively, special teams, and offensively, it’s going to be a toss-up for this game.”
The Jets have allowed just 13.3 points per game in wins over the Dolphins, Jaguars, and Browns. The offense, meanwhile, has an emerging weapon in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The 25-year-old has 15 catches on 18 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown this season.
“Jenkins, he’s a big target for us,” Ealy said. “The guy is kind of like a Gronkowski in match-up situations. Gronk’s obviously been doing it for a number of years now, and (Seferian-Jenkins is) just now really getting into his feel for the game, which obviously I think is a good thing for our team, a good situation for him. It’s an added weapon that we can use beside the run game and (Josh) McCown going into his other options on the opposite side of the ball. The guy’s freakishly tall, he’s big, and for other DBs to try to guard him or get him down or get over top of him on coverage is pretty hard for them to do. I think it’s an asset to our offense.”
Ealy also spoke glowingly of head coach Todd Bowles, who is 18-19 in two-plus seasons with the Jets.
“He’s a hell of a person and an even better coach,” Ealy said. “He lets his players play. He understands his players and (lets) his coaches coach. But at the end of the day, if he sees fit to say something, he’s going to say that. He’s going to tell you when it’s right, and he’s going to tell you when it’s wrong. I think guys really respect him for that.”
Kickoff from East Rutherford is slated for 1 p.m. ET.